Nepal Spring Hand-Rolled Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Almond, Anise, Apricot, Butter, Caramel, Dandelion, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemon, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Straw, Toast, Vegetal, Violet, Wood, Jasmine, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Thick
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 207 ml

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  • “I promised a couple of reviews this evening, and once I post this one, I will have delivered on that promise. No one better say I never follow through-I do on rare occasions. I finished a couple...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First impression of the aroma – Wow nutty. Very nutty on the nose with the slightest bit of a vegetal smell. Very full-bodied taste. Nutty, very slight bitterness but not astringent. What smelled...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another nice Nepali tea from Greenland Organic farm via Alistair, again Darjeeling-esque Spring flush Oolong style. Sugar-sweet with a thick luscious body & lovely nutty-whatever-that-is...” Read full tasting note
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A new oolong from Greenland Organic Farm, akin to a more oxidised version of the Silver Oolong, retaining the fresh floral quality combined with a fuller fruit taste leaning towards apricots and nectarines.

Sourced direct from Greenland Organic Farm, who are very much at the forefront of a burgeoning Nepali tea industry dedicated to producing high quality artisanal teas.

Tasting Notes:
- Floral aroma and taste
- Smooth fruity taste of apricots and nectarines

Harvest: First Flush, April 2016

Origin: Greenland Organic Farm, Taplejung, Nepal
Organic: Certified organic
Altitude: 2,200m

Sourced: Direct from the farmer Raj Kumar Banjara
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 30%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 90°C/194°F
- Use 2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes

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868 tasting notes

I promised a couple of reviews this evening, and once I post this one, I will have delivered on that promise. No one better say I never follow through-I do on rare occasions. I finished a couple of sample pouches of this tea back around the middle of May, though an exact date eludes me. I’m a big fan of Nepalese teas in general, and for the most part, I have adored the Nepalese oolongs I have tried. How did I feel about this one? Well, I loved it too.

Naturally, I gongfued this tea. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of hay, herbs, and straw alongside subtler scents of Muscatel, caramel and fresh flowers. The rinse brought out clearly defined aromas of amaryllis, dandelion, rose, burdock, and roasted almond. The first infusion then introduced a definite scent of wintergreen oil along with scents of malt and violet. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered smooth notes of rose, dandelion, violet, and Muscatel chased by notes of roasted almond, straw, hay, burdock, wintergreen oil, caramel, and malt. Subsequent infusions saw the nose retain a good deal of its floral, herbal, and fruity characteristics. I definitely caught a touch of marigold in there. New notes of butter, anise, nutmeg, apricot, menthol, wood, marigold, lemon, and minerals emerged in the mouth along with a slight toastiness. The last infusions retained notes of minerals, cream, lemon, and roasted almond as well as some accents of menthol, malt, caramel, and wintergreen oil.

A powerful, intensely aromatic, and unbelievably flavorful oolong, this ended up being one of the most interesting and unique teas I have tried in months. What-Cha does an exceptional job of sourcing Nepalese teas and this one was yet another winner. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock for some time, but should it ever return, I will be making a point of purchasing more.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Apricot, Butter, Caramel, Dandelion, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemon, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Straw, Toast, Vegetal, Violet, Wood

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Teatotaler

This oolong is going on my What-Cha wish list!

What-Cha

Sadly it will not be returning due to issues with the farmer last year but I’m very much on the lookout for similar Nepalese teas from other farmers, hopefully I’ll have some luck over the coming weeks.

Fjellrev

Wow, sounds like a lovely one.

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First impression of the aroma – Wow nutty. Very nutty on the nose with the slightest bit of a vegetal smell.

Very full-bodied taste. Nutty, very slight bitterness but not astringent. What smelled kind of vegetal tastes more floral, probably like a jasmine taste. It doesn’t have that full sensation of covering all of the tastebuds on my tongue like other teas though. Very focused on the back of the tongue.

Second infusion is brilliantly better than the first, as usual for me. A lot more sweetness comes in at the second, and less of the bitterness. Not a bad tea to get cozy with.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Another nice Nepali tea from Greenland Organic farm via Alistair, again Darjeeling-esque Spring flush Oolong style. Sugar-sweet with a thick luscious body & lovely nutty-whatever-that-is floral DJ aroma.

I found it forgiving to brew, not astringent or fussy in any way. I get less of the nectarines compared to the pearls (again from Greenland) but as mentioned more of a sugar-sweetness. I’ll have to try the pearls again today to compare back again but pretty much all of their teas have been a pleasure to drink.

Delicious stuff. Relaxing chi, feels really nice in the head – non-spiky/yogic thoughts arise & my body feels thick & heavy. Everything nicely balanced in taste & satisfying. A winner with me this one.

om-nom-om :)

Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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